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Site Type, Eligibility, and Outreach Requirements

Information to establish specific types of Seamless Summer Feeding Option sites. This document also provides outreach criteria for the different types of sites.

Additional information about the Seamless Summer Feeding Option (SSFO) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) may be obtained in the Administrative Guidance Handbook that can be downloaded from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

No site may be established to serve only summer school students receiving academic credits or to serve only children who are enrolled for childcare.

Site Types

Open Site — Provide area eligibility data that demonstrates that the site is located in a needy area. Needy area means that the site is located where 50 percent or more of the children residing in the area are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Area eligibility may be documented through:

  • School data that indicates that the proposed meal site is located in a school attendance area where at least 50 percent of the children are eligible for free or reduced price school meals
  • Census data
  • Housing authority documentation
  • County social services documentation
  • Other appropriate sources demonstrating that the site is in a needy area

Open sites must make meals available to all children.

Restricted-Open Site — Same requirement as Open sites. Agencies may request this type of site after experiencing safety, security, or control problems. This type of site remains open to the community at large and continues to conduct outreach activities. This type of open site allows all children equal opportunity to receive meals on a first come first serve basis. A written justification is required when requesting this type of site.

Special Restricted-Open Site — Same requirement as Open sites. The data must be collected from the eligible area where children will gather before being transported. Only children who are transported may participate in the SSFO. No site type may restrict transportation or meal service only to summer school students.

Migrant Open Site — Provide certification that at least 50 percent of the children are from families of migrant farm workers. Certification must be from a migrant organization.

Migrant Closed-Enrolled Site — Provide certification that the site only serves children of migrant farm workers. Certification must be from a migrant organization.

National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) Site — Determine that 50 percent of the children enrolled reside in a geographical area where poor economic conditions exist. Determine that 50 percent of the children enrolled meet the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced- price meals, or certify in writing that the NYSP meets the income eligibility guidelines of the Department of Health and Human Services (primary grantor).

Closed-Enrolled Site in Needy Area — Provide area eligibility that demonstrates 50 percent of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals by using the nearest school’s free and reduced-price meal percentages. Area eligibility may also be obtained by using census data, information from zoning commissions, departments of welfare, or other appropriate sources that demonstrates the site is in an area where 50 percent of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. The area eligibility encompasses all children, not just summer school students.

Closed-Enrolled Site in a Non-needy Area — Provide the enrollment projections to demonstrate that 50 percent of the children enrolled are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals. The information may be obtained by collecting individual applications or obtain the school district’s certification that at least 50 percent of the children on the list are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. The certification must be from a single district only. The school district may not identify participant’s eligibility status.

Camp site — Collect and categorize income eligibility applications. The information must be maintained and made available for the Nutrition Services Division reviewer. Only meals served to children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals may be claimed under the Seamless Option.

Outreach

Open Types of Sites — Must have a large banner or marquee demonstrating that the meal service is available to all children in the community. Other reasonable outreach efforts to the community at large must also be conducted.

Closed-Enrolled Sites in Needy Areas — Must conduct outreach in the immediate area only.

Closed-Enrolled Sites in Non-needy Areas — Must conduct outreach to the community at large, the outreach information must provide the income eligibility scale, and be distributed throughout the community.

Camp Sites — Are not required to conduct outreach activities.

Questions: Donna Reedy | DReedy@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-5866 
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 26, 2015

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